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irishcanary
05-16-2012, 08:57 PM
This is a weird question but if it wasn't for counting calories and keeping a food diary i would never stop eating. Its like i start eating and find it hard to stop.

There are other things beside food in the world i know. Right now i am home alone a lot with free access to a lot of food. Its all tasty and good.

Like i would have good will power. Once i hit my calorie limit for the day i will shake out my food vision and do something else e.g tidying my room.

Its just hard at times xD. Anyone else find this?

What do you do to not eat when home alone with a lot of food?


crazygurl61
05-16-2012, 09:07 PM
Paint my nails, do the laundry, clean my house, chew gum...

I usually drink a bottle of water then another glass of Crystal Light and if I am STILL hungry then I will have some fruit or a bit of protein...its hard to retrain your body away from the food vision.

HappyHoliday
05-16-2012, 09:09 PM
I haven't been hungry lately but I have been trying to make sure I eat an apple sometime between 3:00pm and 6:30pm and this keeps me from getting hungry before dinner.


kelseyvc
05-16-2012, 09:11 PM
I usually cure my midday cravings by going to work out. (It's not like I ONLY work out if I feel munchy, but I'll do it earlier in the day than usual) Once I've worked out, I have invested a lot more in to staying on plan for the day so I'm more likely to stick to it.
It's kind of easier to tell myself to not pig out when I remind myself how hard I worked at the gym. I don't want to throw that workout away!

Plus, it'll give you something to do for an hour of course. There's an hour that you don't have to face the temptation of food!

pixelllate
05-16-2012, 09:12 PM
I have to remind myself that I once felt joy from the brief time that I was thin from things non food related, like buying jeans. So when I gained weight, eating filled the times that I would spend shopping and going out - thats a lot of hours.
I have to have something to do. If I am working the 9-5 (eating at public places makes me uncomfortable), I don't eat during the day and then I pig out at night and on the weekends, I go outside for hours at a time, do laundry, run errands etc, so my lifestyle works with intermittent fasting.
I do feel cravings. I look at food pr0n or I sit through them. It can be so miserable, but then I feel great afterwards, and much happier overall than if I ate the treat (although I know people who eat all foods in moderation and that makes them happier). I whine about it too, because I know that at least I am not actually overeating even if I am complaining!

ValRock
05-16-2012, 09:14 PM
I keep busy!!!

LockItUp
05-16-2012, 09:14 PM
A lot of times when I'm really tempted I just keep putting it off. I'll say to myself, okay if you really want <insert whatever junk I want here> I can have it in an hour. Most of the time I forget about it, or by the time an hour goes by I figure well it's been an hour, I might as well wait another hour, at that point I almost always forget about it. If I'm super fixated on it I may just have a bit of it.

Bobbles
05-16-2012, 09:17 PM
I love food. I LOVE food. Prior to becoming a calorie counter, I used to scoff at the "record every bite, lick and taste" concept, until I realized that I was grazing an entire additional meal. So now when I've met my calories for the day, I do things to keep my hands busy - needlework, a board game with DH, or even just brushing my teeth. NOTHING tastes good with Colgate! :lol:

JohnP
05-16-2012, 10:16 PM
On thing intermittent fasting has done for me is to help me understand what actual hunger is.

Also, if I eat a small amount of food, I just become more hungry. So eating fewer larger meals is what works for me.

Finally, keeping oneself busy is the best way to keep your mind off food in my opinion.

OhThePlaces
05-16-2012, 10:18 PM
I don't keep super tempting food in the house because I have terrible self control. Hitting the gym early in the day also helps me resist over-eating.

Natasha22
05-16-2012, 10:51 PM
I try to keep myself busy with other stuff, physical activity helps a lot.

Also, I try to balance my meals so that I don't go too much without eating anything. I'd rather have 6 smaller meals than have three large ones. This doesn't necessarily work for everyone, but it works for me, I like to save up some calories each day for "insurance" and use them up at the end of the day.

I realized that when I'm home alone I don't eat because I'm hungry, I eat because I'm bored. One day, I was really craving ice cream, so I got up, got to the fridge and rather than just have some, I decided to make my own. I searched for recipes, gathered the ingredients, proceeded to make it. By the time I was finished my craving was gone, because I had kept myself busy for long enough. I just had a small tea spoon of it and my boyfriend ate the rest.

Kayriel
05-16-2012, 11:40 PM
Trying on old clothes and marvelling how much looser they are. Trying on clothes I bought last month which were tight and then seeing that they're no longer as tight. I go through my wardrobe and by the time I've done that I stop feeling as hungry!

Other than that, doing anything that distracts me. It might be tv, housework, calling my family and chatting or even going for a walk in the park.

sontaikle
05-16-2012, 11:45 PM
If there is no room in the calorie count, it doesn't get eaten.

I find that I needed that cutoff.

runningfromfat
05-16-2012, 11:51 PM
I think of it like this:

How do people not smoke? How do people not gamble? How do people not drink alcohol? How do people not take drugs?

Point is everyone has something they struggle with, some people more than others. If we're here on 3FC food is at least one of our struggles. But we can steal tactics from others. Obviously, we can't go cold turkey like an alcoholic does but we CAN do that for foods that we struggle with the most. I also CAN make sure that the food in the house either has to be cooked to be tasty or is a snack that I'm ok with eating (like an apple) that I know I won't binge on.

However, I found once I cut out sugar and stopped buying most of the foods that I just can't be trusted around then the temptation ended. There are a few foods that I could easily binge on in our apt but they're all things that need to be cooked/prepared and I'm normally way too lazy to do that. ;)

philana
05-17-2012, 04:54 AM
Not think about it so much! Haha. When I started this weightloss, I was constantly focussing on what I could and couldn't eat and when my next tiem to eat was aagin. Like I was afraid I was going to die of hunger if I did not get my food. This fear of not having food really had to stop, and somehow it gradually did. I got a bit more busy with other stuff and would forget to eat every now and then. Then I decided I wanted bigger meals so started fosaking the snacks. So I eat less often.

I have now reached the point where food is just something that needs doing but not the central focus of my day. It has really been a BIG relief. So if you can, try and work towards that, it's so nice. Haha. Goodluck.

LeilaJey
05-17-2012, 06:38 AM
I drink a lot of herbal teas. Some sweet fruit ones are great and make me feel pretty satisfied if I'm craving something. Also lots of peppermint (a minty mouth will put you off a bit) and fennel (an appetite suppressant). It's hard I know. I'm always trying to really check if I'm actually hungry and keep reminding myself that I don't need to eat something if I'm not.

ghlover
05-17-2012, 03:23 PM
I went through periods where I felt the same in the beginning but your body gets used to it and as I gave myself routine, it helped a lot.

JossFit
05-17-2012, 03:25 PM
If there is no room in the calorie count, it doesn't get eaten...

Ditto. I plan out all of my meals for the entire week (yep, WEEK) and then check them off as I go each day. Not planned? Not eating it!

cornellchick
05-17-2012, 04:38 PM
I agree with folks who have suggested keeping yourself busy. I am a boredom/habit eater and it is tremendously helpful when you can get occupied doing something that doesn't involve food.

- Work out, or just go for a bike ride or a walk
- Needlework
- Chores
- Personal projects (I got caught up working on my personal website last night for hours, with no snacks!)
- Call a friend
- Board games, computer games
- Read
- Jigsaw puzzles
- Work
- etc.

Form new habits to displace your old ones!

Heather157
05-17-2012, 07:13 PM
I have a few friends that also struggle with food. I find that reaching out to one of them and talking really helps. i find that often when i reach out to someone else for help, i end up helping them!

jendiet
05-17-2012, 08:51 PM
unfortunately some of us are ALWAYS hungry because of our physiology. Some thing that tells the body "we're full" or "you've got glucose for energy" is missing or broken. This leads to genuine hunger outside of the "I just want to eat". It all has to do with hormones.

If you can find a Way of Eating (WOE) that helps you deal with whatever isn't working. This can come by trial and error. For example, I am insulin resistant--reason why I developed gestational diabetes. If I do intermittent fasting, no insulin is released until 1 meal, and that is a low amount because before I ate nothing, and the amount is based on your last meal.

How did I find that out? I was praying for an answer and found the book in a box beside a dumpster. It had christian music tapes in it, which I thought was odd so I picked it up. I found the carbohydrate addict's people sounded just like me! So I tried that WOE. It was really hard though, and I did lose weight. Fasting works really well for me in a fast/eat/fast/eat fashion. The only time I was thin as an adult was from this method. Turns out it increases insulin sensitivity again.

Because of recent research on carb cycling, and fasting while breastfeeding is very hard, I decided to try the new 2 day low carb diet. Research shows it is very beneficial for insulin resistant individuals. It also increases leptin--many of us overeaters DO NOT utilize or make leptin correctly. I find myself not hungry and free of cravings when I eat this way.

So, if you are fighting a monster like insulin resistance which leaves you constantly hungry, this is because the food you ingest IS NOT converted to energy--instead most of it is stored. you just need a little knowledge to get you over that. Once you find a WOE, I absolutely agree calorie counting is the way to go.

irishcanary
05-18-2012, 04:07 AM
These are all great tips. I have found that eating until i feel full helps to.
Right now i adore porridge made up with water. Its filling and low in calories :):)

Kery
05-21-2012, 05:01 PM
Boredom eater here, so I had to learn to keep my hands busy. Nowadays I don't really pay attention anymore, which is probably a very good thing.

Stuff that worked for me; maybe it'll work for you too?

- Reading while eating. I know, a lot of people, books and articles tell you that you shouldn't do anything else while eating, but the truth is, when you live alone and have no one to talk to, meals are frelling *boring* and you may very well end up shoveling down your food—usually too much of it. At least it was my case. When I've got something to do (reading, eating with other people...), I'm actually a slow eater, and by the time I'm done, I've reached the feeling of fullness without even realizing it.
On the other hand, watching TV (= hands not busy actually holding a book) has the same effect on me as eating alone without a book.

- It's a bit hardcore, and will depend on your personal taste: hot cocoa, the 100%, dark type, like Van Houten's. But not with milk: with hot water. You get the taste of chocolate, it feels quite filling, your mind's tricked into thinking "I got to have chocolate, yay!", yet the caloric intake is much lower. (Of course, it involves liking dark chocolate for starters. TBH, I started doing that out of a genuine mistake only, otherwise it'd have probably never occurred to me.)

My last tip involves having heavy teeth problems, so I won't recommend it. ;)

eguestx0
05-22-2012, 01:36 AM
Paint my nails, do the laundry, clean my house, chew gum...

I usually drink a bottle of water then another glass of Crystal Light and if I am STILL hungry then I will have some fruit or a bit of protein...its hard to retrain your body away from the food vision.


I do the *water trick* too. I drink a glass of ice water and then another one. If I am still hungry after that then I will eat a healthy snack. Some days I am not hungry and others you would think I have never been fed. I've learned that on days when I am not all that hungry to make sure I am eating a certain calorie amount so that I am not as hungry the next day.

ilovemo
05-22-2012, 01:56 AM
I think of it like this:

How do people not smoke? How do people not gamble? How do people not drink alcohol? How do people not take drugs?

Point is everyone has something they struggle with, some people more than others. If we're here on 3FC food is at least one of our struggles. But we can steal tactics from others. Obviously, we can't go cold turkey like an alcoholic does but we CAN do that for foods that we struggle with the most. I also CAN make sure that the food in the house either has to be cooked to be tasty or is a snack that I'm ok with eating (like an apple) that I know I won't binge on.

However, I found once I cut out sugar and stopped buying most of the foods that I just can't be trusted around then the temptation ended. There are a few foods that I could easily binge on in our apt but they're all things that need to be cooked/prepared and I'm normally way too lazy to do that. ;)
This post was so motivating to me.

Sally Pineapple
05-22-2012, 02:56 AM
I brush my teeth and since I am now brushing my teeth so often my dentist has told me that my check ups just keep getting better :)
As you get older your gums can start to recede and form pockets between your teeth and gums. This helps keep your mouth healthy and you don't feel like eating when your mouth is so fresh and I forget that I was hungry :)

surfergirl2
05-22-2012, 08:59 PM
I moved my computer from the kitchen table to my bedroom. I used to eat dinner in front of the computer and afterwards would sit in front of the computer and continue to snack. Now, when i'm done with dinner, if i want to use the computer (which i will), i have to go upstairs and away from the food.